What is it about?

Musicians and most who know musicians will be familiar with the musicians' frequent urge to upgrade their gear and/or purchase a new piece of equipment. This (open access) book is the first major academic work to explore this phenomenon, "Gear Acquisition Syndrome" (GAS), and to look into the musical, social and psychological reasons for GAS.

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Why is it important?

GAS has been a common phenomenon among musicians for as long as music has existed. Yet the motivations behind the emotional attachment to musical equipment and broader social implications are not well understood. This book offers theoretical explanations and empirical findings of how musicians deal with their equipment.

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This page is a summary of: Gear Acquisition Syndrome: Consumption of Instruments and Technology in Popular Music, January 2021, University of Huddersfield Press,
DOI: 10.5920/gearacquisition.fulltext.
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